For those asking to see the Miniatures contestants, here they are! I took them both to work for opinions on which to submit. I just couldn’t decide. It was interesting to see the votes that were cast – the more analytical people of the division (writers, editors, management…) leaned more in the direction of the red and purple iteration, whereas the more creative people (graphic designers, animators, illustrators…) choose the blue and yellow iteration.
It was also interesting to hear the interpretations of what each was – the most popular comment was that they red and purple with more organic lines looked like a human heart. Actually it is based on a photograph of a Sunflower that I took while living in Germany. This little experiment of mine lead me to the title I choose for the blue and yellow iteration (which is the piece I decided to turn in), called “Not what you think.” The other is now sitting proudly in our living room.
Not What You Think
It’s easy to get burnt out in the design field. All day long we create according to someone else’s standards, expectations and even taste. I was recently inspired by an article I read by GoMediazine on Hannes Beer’s All Day Everyday project. Check it out here.
It’s all about getting back to the reason you got into graphic design to begin with – it’s fun, it’s creative, colorful, inspiring and had endless boundaries. It’s about creating a design, everyday, just for you. Whether it’s to learn a new skill, polish up a rusty one, or just getting out that idea you’ve been holding on to. You can spend an hour on it, or the whole day – you can sketch it, draft it, or design on the fly. Whatever works for you, right then, everyday.
So I’m doing it – actually both Arlo and I are doing it. For ourselves. It’s been a point of conversation and a challenge to each other. It’s been fun, and different, and harder than I thought! We are 14 days in… I’ll share projects along the way. I’m thinking about making a postcard series out of the ones that turn out the best. We’ll just have to wait and see if that inspires me when we get to it!
Day 18 of 365.
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Shocking right? Well it’s happening, progress on the Miniatures piece is coming along – the pressure is on now that I made it in the show. Working on color schemes and layouts in watercolor and Elmers right now. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m enjoying every minute!